Why Pinehurst is one of the world’s great golf trips

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A few hours in Pinehurst is all it takes to understand why so many who come here leave their hearts behind. This is, of course, the Cradle of American Golf and with good reason: the game is delightfully inescapable here, it’s everywhere your eye falls, it’s woven into the fabric. In Pinehurst, golf…

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Pinehurst: The Cradle Rocks – a truly happy golf course

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I could’ve kept playing The Cradle until the men in white coats arrived to carry me away.  Pinehurst‘s enchanting short course had won me over and then some. And the only surprise was I hadn’t seen it coming, I hadn’t expected the whole experience to be so laid back and so, well, fun. …

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10 of the best golf courses Wales has to offer

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Picture yourself amid rolling hills, surrounded by breathtaking views and with a gentle breeze whispering encouragement as you prepare to begin your round.  Wales, with its enchanting charm and natural wonder, is home to some of the most exquisite golf courses in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer seeking a new challenge…

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The best golf courses in Park City, Utah

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Nestled amid the breathtaking beauty of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, Park City, is renowned for its world-class ski resorts, vibrant culture, world-famous film festival and its plethora of incredible outdoor activities.  However, it’s also home to a selection of exceptional golf courses that combine stunning landscapes with challenging routings and genuine variety.…

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Gareth Benson: golf lessons that will change your game

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They say great teachers don’t just fill your pail, they light a fire: after an hour or so in the company of the brilliant Gareth Benson at Hillside Golf Club, that’s exactly how I feel. Full disclosure: I have not had many golf lessons in my life. As someone who was introduced to…

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The best St George golf courses: Sand Hollow and beyond

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St. George in Utah is one of the most densely populated golf destinations in the entire United States.  It boasts no fewer than 20 courses within a 15-mile radius of St George, making it the kind of destination that attracts golfers from all over the world. It is no more than an 1hr…

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Resplendent Rockliffe Hall Sparkles In The Summer Sunshine

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It’s hard to imagine ever growing tired of long sultry, summer evenings at resplendent Rockliffe Hall.  We’ve been watching the Oystercatchers dancing in the night air and rabbits scampering across the sprawling lawns from our terrace overlooking the golf course and life feels good. On a normal day I might complain about weary…

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Silvies Valley Ranch: A truly unique golf retreat

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Nothing can prepare you for the glorious sense of isolation and escape that envelops you at Silvies Valley Ranch.  We made the journey to this spectacular corner of eastern Oregon, in search of a truly unique golf experience. And yet long before a putt had dropped, I knew our time would be about…

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Costa Navarino: the best new golf destination in Europe?

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As a golfing destination, Costa Navarino has it all: attractive accommodation, striking scenery, fabulous food and, as I’ve written elsewhere, ecotourism at the forefront of its plans. But what about the golf? Despite starting in the final knockings of the 19th Century, when British soldiers fashioned a rudimentary layout on Crete, the sport…

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Best golf resort in Florida? Here’s the top 10

They don’t call it the sunshine state for nothing but with its year-round sunshine and stunning landscapes, where can you find the best golf resort in Florida? There is no shortage of world-class golf resorts that offer immaculate golf courses, luxurious accommodation, and exceptional amenities. And the climate means that you can visit…

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A journey to the heavenly Hidden Heartlands of Ireland 

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It’s remarkable how you can grow up on what is, in the grand scheme of things, a pretty small island and yet reach the age of 40 having seen so little of it. In Ireland, we tend to stick to the coastline. That’s where you’ll find all the big cities – Dublin, Cork,…

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A blissful Ayrshire golf odyssey: Royal Troon and Dundonald

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There is no doubt that Scotland is golf’s holy land; the birthplace of the game itself as well as some of its greatest players. But for centuries, since golf began here some 400-odd years ago, there has been a question over where in Scotland offers the greatest golf experience.  There’s East Lothian, with…

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Amateur Championship: Hillside A fitting venue for world’s best

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It’s official, Hillside Golf Club when the wind blows will test even the very best golfers in the game. Reader, I am not one of them. I walk off the 18th green and towards the comforting embrace of the white clubhouse here, a beaten man. Hillside has got the better of me today…

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The Best golf courses in San Diego 2023

San Diego, with its stunning coastal scenery, perfect weather and rich golfing heritage, has so much to offer. This vibrant coastal metropolis, located in Southern California, embodies a unique blend of laid-back charm and urban sophistication. With a population of over 1.4 million residents, it is California’s second-largest city and serves as a…

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The best golf courses in Massachusetts 2023

Massachusetts, often referred to as the ‘Cradle of American Golf’ , is home to a remarkable array of golf courses that offer golfers of all skill levels an unparalleled experience. With its diverse landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and rich golfing heritage, the Bay State boasts some of the finest golf courses in the country.…

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The best golf courses in Scotland 2023: Ayrshire 

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Scotland is understandably synonymous with golf, of course, and within its diverse golfing landscape, Ayrshire stands out as a remarkable destination for golfers across the world. Boasting breathtaking natural beauty and a rich golfing heritage, Ayrshire offers a collection of many of the best golf courses in Scotland. From challenging links along the Firth…

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Costa Navarino: Golf in the land of the Gods 

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Costa Navarino stretches out along the breathtaking Peloponnese peninsula, once the playground of Greek Gods and heroes. Myths and legends brought to life by some of Europe’s earliest communities in these parts have enthralled and inspired mere mortals for centuries.  The ancient Palace of Nestor, nestled in the hills overlooking the idyllic Ionian…

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Hilton Head golf packages: The best couples retreats

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The boom in demand for couples’ golf trips shows no signs of abating, with the sector having grown exponentially over the past three years. These trips can be a brilliant way for couples to spend time together, whether they share a love for golf or not and Hilton Head, one of America’s great…

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Barnbougle Dunes – a wondrous golf playground like no other

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Love at first sight is a fickle concept in golf, but Barnbougle Dunes had me at ‘good morning.’ I had arrived at this fabled golfing destination in the dead of night. Through the darkness I found my way to my bed and fell asleep dreaming of what lay in wait. I was awake…

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